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More on the Cultural Shift

Today's examination of the accelerating cultural shift takes us internationally, into the past, and into the future.  This video is one of the better compilations of interesting facts about our changing world.

That is a lot of content to consider.  If you believe it is accurate,  are you going to make any changes in your life as a result?  If the answer is "No", is that because you believe it's really irrelevant, or you're afraid that it really is true?  Or, are we just being carried on this wave of change to the degree that anything we do is insignificant?

Your box...my box...already figments.

Shift Happens.

Deal with it.
 


Jott - A Clever Tool

Time behind the wheel is some of the most welcome "down time" during my day.  Because I'm relaxed and not thinking about tasks too much, I often get flashes and ideas while driving.  But, I lose a lot of those thoughts because I don't have a way to capture them.

If you have a similar dilemma, Jott.com might be the answer.  Officially in public beta, here's how it works:

  • You register your cell phone and email address at Jott.
  • When you want to send yourself a note, you dial Jott's toll free number from your cell phone.
  • Jott recognizes your phone, records your voice note, converts it to text and emails it to you.

I've used it a few times already and found it to be really helpful.

There are some other features that allow you to JottCast to others, etc.

Check it out.


Online Video vs Television

046 Mark Cuban has an interesting post over at Blog Maverick on the differences between online video and television.

Snack or Meal?

There has been a near hysteria about online video since the YouTube phenomenon and the merger with Google.  It seems that ultimately the internet will become the repository of the majority of digital content.  There will be a convergence of screens as new devices allow people to access content on their computers and view it on their wall mounted flat screens.

There is continuing fragmentation of the video viewing audience.  Downloads to video iPods, YouTube, Google Video... but, there is not yet a mass movement of people who are watching traditional television programming online. More people  are watching video online, but as Cuban says, it's snacks and not meals.

Keep this in mind if you produce video for the web.  Shorter is generally better.  People online tend to go into Attention Deficit Syndrome and usually don't have the mindset to watch a 30-minute or longer program.  Produce for the medium.  Don't expect one edit of content to work across all platforms.  Good digital content producers must understand the medium and produce content that is friendly to the users of that medium.

I foresee a great need for video editors and online video producers who understand the differences between browser-based video and television.


Interesting Video on Digital Text

I found this video fascinating.  The world of communication is morphing quickly and we are just now in the early stages of the impact on our culture.  I wonder what higher education will look like in ten years.  How are high-priced institutions of learning going to stay relevant and needed when there are much less expensive ways of delivering information and instruction?  Why pay $179 for a textbook when there is so much information available online for free? 

Will the classroom of tomorrow be a room?  Will a diploma have the same weight as it does today?  The institutions of education are no longer such exclusive repositories of knowledge.  What will keep colleges relevant?  Perhaps it will be having professors who can actually teach.  Most of us have had professors who had knowledge, but were inept in conveying it.  Now, a brilliant professor who can actually teach and communicate might be able to instruct thousands of students instead of dozens.  And the primary beneficiary would be the students (customers).

Think about the other areas of society.  How will this shift of power from institutions to people affect your kernel of existence?